Foam Concrete Lifting Vs. Concrete Replacement And Mudjacking

When your concrete is damaged, you might think that your only option is to have it repaired or replaced. However, there's an additional option know as concrete lifting. With this approach, a sunken part of the concrete can be raised up using either mudjacking or through concrete raising.

How Concrete Lifting Works

To raise up the concrete, the concrete lifting service drills a hole into the concrete so that materials can be pumped underneath the slab. The force of these materials lifts the concrete up. Then, any holes that are left behind can be patched. 

Concrete Settling Causes

There are several reasons why your concrete might be settling. It might have not been installed properly. Freezing and thawing might cause the concrete to expand and contract. After the concrete thaws, it will settle, but not in the same position that it was originally in. Machinery or traffic might place pressure on the concrete and cause the slab to become depressed. The concrete materials underneath the slab might erode and then be washed out by natural forces, leaving nothing underneath to hold the concrete slab in place.

Cost Savings

Concrete raising requires less labor than replacement. As a result, it is less expensive and the savings are passed onto the consumer. With concrete replacement, the old concrete needs to be demolished and removed. The material that is demolished is wasted and entirely new material needs to be added. With concrete lifting, much of the old material remains in place and the only new material is that which is pumped under the concrete slab.

Because concrete lifting requires less labor, it also is less likely to lead to an injury. This can lower costs for the company because the company will not have to pay as much in worker's compensation claims.

Since the concrete lifting process is less disruptive, it will have less of an impact on the surroundings. With a complete concrete replacement, the surrounding buildings might become damaged. 

Foam Lifting Vs. Mudjacking

Concrete foam lifting is usually a preferred method to mudjacking. Mudjacking relies on a slurry that can be washed out by the weather. Foam lifting lasts much longer and the foam is perfectly capable of filling the voids underneath the concrete slab. With foam compaction, you also do not have to worry about soil compaction underneath the slab. Because of all of these benefits, you should consider concrete foam lifting first when looking for a solution to your depressed concrete.